Spaghetti, Red Peppers, Fresh Spinach and Chicken Tenders

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I had intended to put mushrooms with this, but we ate them at lunch time on a cheeseburger! Looks pretty plain, but the toasty roasty chicken pieces and red peppers were delightful, and by not including them in the pasta sauce, the individual flavors were retained. Quick, easy, and delicious! ;->

The chicken pieces were crispy, but not dry. After they got that little bit of “blackened” look, I moistened them (and the peppers) with water from a small spray bottle I keep on the kitchen counter, covered the pan, and let it soak in for a minute or two.

This tactic is very useful to keep food moist, yet crispy and flavorful. I use it many times a day. Works really well with hamburgers, or any piece of meat. After it is done, just spray the burger and the pan with a spritz of water and cover for just a moment. The bits stuck to the pan will meld with the water, making a tiny bit of au jus, which you can then pour over the burger. It soaks right in, thereby putting the flavor that cooked out onto the pan back into the burger! If you cook with wine, this is a great use for a small bit of it.

Quick hint: When it was done to al dente, I put the spaghetti into a strainer and put a dish on top to keep it warm; then cooked the spinach in a bit of water in the same pan I had cooked the spaghetti noodles in. The pan was already hot, and the spinach was fresh today, so very tender. It cooked to perfection in just a couple of minutes.

About judilyn

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6 Responses to Spaghetti, Red Peppers, Fresh Spinach and Chicken Tenders

  1. Nice array of colors and it all looks yummy. 🙂


    • judilyn says:

      Thanks. Yes, it was so delicious! We are always amazed at how wonderful simple food tastes! We did top off the meal with a small sliver each of the apple cake from our friends. This time I heated it a bit in the microwave and the flavors were very intensified over eating it cold from the refrigerator. The cinnamon and apples were splendiferous! (Waving to Fred!)


  2. The spray of water is an excellent idea and I will try it. I don’t know what looks the best in this picture, but my first bite would be of the spinach! I love any kind of greens.


  3. LFFL says:

    That looks great! Get extra mushrooms next time.


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